November 11, 1932 ~ May 18, 2020

Born in: , Michigan
Resided in: Fremont, California

Born in Michigan in 1932, Marilyn was one of four children; she had two sisters and one brother.  She married Gerald Desmond in 1951, and they raised seven children.

Marilyn, nicknamed “Bunny” in childhood, loved music and dancing.  She played the violin in high school, in the Fremont-Newark Philharmonic, and with the Fremont Senior Center “Young at Heart” dance band.

She loved handwork, especially knitting and crocheting, and enjoyed being with her children and their families.

An avid bike rider, she spent many days riding around Fremont, shopping, as well as getting in a good workout.

She enjoyed volunteering in many organizations, especially in her later years.  She was president of the Fremont Chapter of AARP and accomplished many things on the Fremont Senior Committee.

Education was a big priority in Marilyn’s life.  She was her high school valedictorian in 1950.  She had a full-ride scholarship to Michigan State University. After one year there, she married and then returned to college after the children were raised.  She treasured every class she took from Ohlone College.

Beloved by her family, she is survived by her children Timothy Desmond (June), Eileen Geddings (Jim), Sharon Shields (Art), Rosemary Pershe (Bob), Gerald Desmond (Nora), Kathleen Desmond, and Kevin Desmond (Michelle), thirteen grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Gerald Desmond.

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  1. CandleWe’re so sorry for your loss. May the joys you knew and the times you shared help comfort you. Lots of love.

  2. CandleLove, love, love to you all! What a wonderful mother, neighbor and friend she was! Sure had lots of accomplishments in her life! I will always treasure the times of laughter with my parents and the times I spent with her towards the end. What a marvelous woman raising all those kids! She sure deeply loved you all. So blessed to have the childhoods we did. I never could remember her real first name because I only knew here as Mrs. Desmond or Bunny. God bless her!

  3. I just wanted to say I worked with Marilyn in the early late 70s/80s at Lourdes Ice Cream Parlor at the Fremont Hub. I was in Washington High School at the time. Marilyn was a very sweet lady and would always ride her bicycle to work. I’m sorry to hear about her passing. Valerie Miles is my oldest sister and was very good friends with Rose, Marilyn’s daughter. May you always have good memories of Marilyn.

  4. CandleLove and condolences to all the Desmond kids. Bunny had to be a wonderful woman to raise such a great family. I wish I had known her better. God will bless her in His kingdom which will come on earth.


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